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Tourism & Travel / Re: Claustrophobic First Class
« Last post by Taman Tun on Today at 10:38:05 PM »
Hi Thaiga, thanks for posting the video. It confirms my worst suspicions about Dubai. I have never been to Dubai.  Well, that statement is more or less true.  I have been there 30 times in the last two and a half years but not once have I stepped outside the airport.  Instead, I stay in the Emirates lounge and top up on the free smoked salmon and champagne. (Nan, eat your heart out)  Some of my work colleagues rave about Dubai:- huge shopping malls (yawn, yawn), ski slopes (yawn), aquarium (yawn), tallest building in the world (yawn, yawn, yawn).  Without wishing to be rude to my colleagues, Dubai probably does appear to be the height of sophistication if you happen to be from a run-down mining village in the UK.  One colleague had quite a bit to drink in one of the hotel bars, came staggering out and started a conversation with some policemen.  The kindly policemen provided him with a cell for 3 days whilst he sobered up. As I understand it the hotels are all very expensive and drinks in the bars are also very highly priced.  Thailand is a much better place to be.
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Expat News / Re: You’ve made your bed, now lie in it
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 04:14:19 PM »
The expense of the funeral in the UK

They say that death and taxes are the only two certainties in life.

Why are funerals so expensive in the uk, the whole thing seems like a con, the next of kin are to upset at the time their nearest and dearest pass away to even think about the price.

Average funeral cost now £3,897 - that’s 103pc higher since 2004.  the actual cost of dying is much higher at £8,802 by the time you have finished ie: costs for the send off and professional administration of the estate. There is flowers to be bought, a nice little earn for the ashes, copies of the words to the hymn they would be singing. the doctors certificate, then what they call ash cash with cremations, a second doctor is needed to examine the body to check there’s nothing untoward before it's destroyed.

When you are grieving you just don't argue the toss and off course they know that.

How can you make a funeral cheaper in the UK?

an article below from spectator.co.uk is similar to the thai way how it's done here.

By recognising that there is no legal obligation to use a funeral director. The law requires only that you dispose of the body in a fitting manner. You can build a coffin yourself, or use one made by the deceased when they were alive. (Nelson’s coffin was made for him by one of his sailors, several years before his death.)

In fact you don’t have to use a coffin at all — a shroud is fine. The body doesn’t have to be embalmed, and actually unless people are going to view it there’s little point. It can remain at your house between death and the funeral: nothing unpleasant will start happening in those few days. You can bury a body on your own land (subject to guidelines about proximity to water sources and the like).
If you’re using a crematorium or graveyard, you can transport the body there yourself, getting friends and family to act as pallbearers.

Wouldn’t that be nicer than four men you’ve never met before and will never meet again?
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Half as serious and less / You reddit here
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 03:02:11 PM »
Time for another reddit.com. post. I would say this guy is paranoid, but he wants some advice on Handling disrespect. I would change your attitude geezer, Does he want everyone he meets to smile and give a wai. paranoid and over-sensitive,imagination.

Handling disrespect

I've lived here for 2 months now in South Bangkok in an area that is at least for 2 miles radius from my apartment completely foreigner-free. I think they are much more authentic to me here because I'm so isolated. Anyways, to the point, I could use some input dealing with this stuff. What should I do in common disrespectful situations?

-Staff not greeting or acknowledging me when entering a place or approaching counter (Or just a short, insincere krup after i finally say sawadikrup): Should I ignore it, how big of a deal is it and how do I confront properly. They don't do that to other Thai.

-NEVER saying krup/ka end of sentence to me when talking to me. Yet I say it every sentence, which I'm this close to dropping. How to react properly or confront?

-Them placing their hand on your leg or your shoulder or are poking you or grabbing your arm while talking: What does it mean and whats the proper response? I think it's a dominating thing, it's not a gay thing for sure. I always peel their hand off me but should I be flipping out?

-At places when a small group of people (usually restaurant staff) are talking together, taking turns looking at me and are laughing and giggling....? Not the cute, shy kind of laughing.

-When they type in the amount to pay on a calc and show me, after I had just been speaking Thai with them the whole conversation, instead of saying amount in Thai....? -After speaking some broken Thai to someone, they always either start talking fast as hell or they correct my pronounciation very loud and exagerated so everyone around laughs. Are both these responses meant to be disrespectful? I think so, if it was some foreigner on his 2nd month learning English I would NEVER do that shit to them.

Also just outright laughing to my face when I don't say something in Thai EXACTLY correctly.

-Oh and forget about the wai's, haven't seen one of those since I stopped initiating them 1.5 months ago

Thanks for the advice, wouldn't be able to get an honest answer to these questions out of a local!

comment Nick_Deedle
Yeah, as recommended, find some chill within yourself and don’t worry about this stuff. If they are being disrespectful, which I doubt, it would be no wonder if you roll with this attitude all the time.

Do you really expect everyone who passes you to greet you? Perhaps in North America, you expect a level of service in retail/restaurant but man I stopped expecting it within a week. It’s just different here.

Stop worrying about krap.

People sometimes touch you here. Just how it is. Ask my young blond kids. Deal with it. But “peeling” their hands off is likely fairly disrespectful.

It’s been 2 months and you’re still worried when you see them staring saying “falang falang...”? Chill man!

The calculator thing, just how they do it. It’s lowest common denominator. Only a few farang will understand so rather than decide if they’ll say it in thai, they just show the calculator. No risk of misunderstanding, saves them time.

The laughing and correcting thing happens sometimes. Say it pretty well, they don’t understand, then they figure it out and laugh at you while saying it over and over again with the right inflection. Yeah it’s like, uh wtf, but again, chill, and I ask them to repeat a few times and then say it until they tell me I’m saying it right. Use it to improve.

Also, have you noticed thai people wai each other in normal day to day interactions? You just look like a knob if you wai at everyone. I save it now for formal/respectful greetings like landlords or elderly or whatever.

Moral of the story, seems you’re the issue here and it’s not too late to find your chill and roll with it. You’re the visitor. Sometimes things are uncomfortable and they’re often different. Embrace that and resist less, and you may find yourself less miserable.

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Education and Teachers Forum / Teaching - Where are those big bucks!
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 02:52:01 PM »
Interesting article from Sam Thompson at ajarn.com. should I stay or should I go, in search of some extra cash, the dread of having to leave the Land of Smiles behind for a spell.

Chasing the big bucks

The ongoing and exhausting search for a well-paid teaching job

Having taught in Thailand for over five years at primarily two different schools but also a multitude of other part-time, language school and private jobs, I find myself nearing the end of my current two-year contract. Two years! It seemed an eternity at the time I signed on the dotted line but hey, work permits don't appear by themselves.

Anyway, I find myself in the predicament that many of us in international teaching roles (ESL or otherwise) find ourselves in - should I stay or should I go? (cue the music)

As much as I've tried to fight it, I'm having to face the reality of the hour.  I'm just not making enough money to make it worth staying at my current posting. What with student loans, a mortgage and other bills to pay, not only am I saving zilch for retirement, but I'm also barely breaking even from month to month.

This is especially true after I quit my three-day-a-week 'second job' back in April that turned my Tuesdays and Thursdays into 14-hour days (with commutes) - and robbed me of my Saturdays.

I ask myself now how the hell I managed to do that second job for almost five years? Do I miss that extra 25,000 baht each month? Not as much as I appreciate the lower stress and increase in free time that I now have.

The problem is that for all its faults, I still genuinely love living in Thailand (but don't get me started on my recent 90-day reporting and all the problems that come with it)

Sure, now that I'm a qualified teacher with credentials and experience under my belt, I could definitely make a horizontal move to another school, making maybe 20,000 baht more a month. Hell, I could probably get a job - if I schmoozed enough - at one of the "top" international schools in Thailand, but as a recent Ajarn.com article noted, being a "local hire" (something peculiar to Asia, it would seem) just isn't the best way to go about things if you're trying to think long-term.

Time to go?

So where does that leave a teacher that wants to live in Thailand permanently? Best I've figured is that it means leaving the country for a couple of years and living in 'misery' in order to pull in 'the big bucks', then return to Thailand to work at a school on an expat package (read: full salary and benefits).

It's a master plan and route to riches that I've been fighting against for years, but the reality check is that I'll just never pay off any of my existing debts (even at my relatively young age) and be able to afford to retire before I'm a hundred years old. I know what you're thinking - yes, yes, we've heard it all before, blah blah blah, move away and shut up Sam.

Anyway, I've always heard of great money to be made in places like China, Japan, Korea and of course the supposedly lucrative Middle East, especially the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This Ajarn.com article from a while back gave the impression that there are two things that grow on trees out that way - dates and money!

I've just about accepted the fact that one of those destinations will have to be my temporary home for a few years. The problem is that even though I've been registered with several recruitment agencies (including the top international schools) and I have researched listings and vacancies extensively over the past few months, I just don't know where these supposedly high salaries are being offered. Where are those big bucks! It's definitely not at international schools, surprising as that may seem when compared to Thailand.

Mediocre packages

I was recently offered a position at one of the top IB schools in Dubai (International Baccalaureate, an international school programme), and although the benefits are decent and it's tax-free, the starting salary - even four steps up the scale - is a paltry US$3,200/month. With my extra jobs (yes, I still have more than one) I can make that sort of money in Bangkok!

While I have found schools that will provide packages allowing after-tax/expense savings of up to about $30,000 a year (which is not bad at all) I've also heard that working purely in the ESL field is where the money really is, but have yet to find anything that pays more than maybe $5,000/month (definitely not bad) but not nearly the $6 - 8,000 that other teachers claim can be earned in some places.

Therein lies the biggest problem for the eternally job-hunting teacher: how much money is worth the hassle of a move to another country and starting all over again?

Any ideas?

To be able to live like a true expat in Thailand, it seems a temporary, short-term move away is the best alternative for someone like me who went about this whole expat thing backwards - but oh boy, is the ongoing search for a suitable teaching gig tiresome. I'm certainly open to suggestions from any of you that have followed this route. Shoot me a line because I must just be looking in all the wrong places!

In the interim, it's back to the drudgery of the search - and the dread of having to leave the Land of Smiles behind for a spell.

All the best, Sam Thompson.

ajarn.com
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Tourism & Travel / Re: Claustrophobic First Class
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 02:46:32 PM »
THE BILLIONAIRE LIFESTYLE OF DUBAI !!! Flying first class is one thing, living first class is another.

Good comment under the vid. Nothing against rich people, but it's just too much responsibility, the last prophet could've had palaces and all the wealth in the world, but made sure to live a humble life because God judges accordingly how one spends the wealth in their life, it's all a test, but people will see on the Day of Resurrection, we're all going to be born and raised up again just as we are easily born on earth, peace.?

THE BILLIONAIRE LIFESTYLE OF DUBAI !!!
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Expat News / Re: You’ve made your bed, now lie in it
« Last post by nan on Yesterday at 08:53:29 PM »
was he dead they asked / well he said he wasn't but we all know what a liar he is
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Half as serious and less / Re: Photography anyone? Nikon D850
« Last post by Baby Farts on Yesterday at 08:53:15 PM »
Here's an example of what I'm talking about.  Too much stuff in the background kind of takes away from the player.  I don't know.  What do you think?

http://ibb.co/kL7Cc6

This one is kind of cool.  Mother doing the hair check for her daughter before a tournament.

http://ibb.co/gscTH6

My son actually won the championship for singles and doubles.  He's ranked the number one player now in Thailand for the year ending 2017 age group 8 and under. Nice way to finish off the season and I'm so proud of him.

http://ibb.co/gYLJjm



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Expat News / Re: You’ve made your bed, now lie in it
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 01:33:16 PM »
The end of the road comes to us all eventually, at least here there are always plenty of monks around to see you off into the next life.

There is always a fear that ...

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Tourism & Travel / Re: Claustrophobic First Class
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 01:17:38 PM »
She upsets herself, she doesn't need any help. As for myself i have always traveled cattle class, it doesn't bother me and always someone to chat to, more money to spend when you get there. My first trip to Thailand was with thai airways and found the staff on this particular flight somewhat rude, asking people to keep their voice down, some want to sleep. then they shoulda gone first class people replied, hence the drinks trolley disappeared. You could tell the attendants were tired, probably overworked and wanted some shut eye themselves.

Then i started using eva, much better price and always pleasant staff. on my last return trip we were upstairs on a double decker, loads of room. Odd though nobody pays the same price for their ticket. Thai airways first class you even get jammies.

Thai Airways Royal First Class (ENG) 747-400 | GlobalTraveler.TV
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Half as serious and less / Re: Anyone seen my little willy
« Last post by thaiga on December 16, 2017, 10:57:35 PM »
classic

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